defacto moratorium on new development in the gulf of mexico and parts of the rocky mountain west. instead of canceling leases and refusing to issue permits, we need to put people back to work. it is time to put away the bad ideas. democrats repeatedly sought to increase taxes was slowing the permitting process. that will not solve any problems. it will mean less production, more imports, and higher prices. to boost production, we need to cut intake and streamline regulations. supply and demand affect oil prices. that is why republicans support new production and alternatives to reduce consumption. we are also thinking about what comes next. we are committed to making progress on cleaner energy. that is not our only goal. we also want energy to be affordable, abundant, diverse, and domestic. and domestic.